Watching children learn to communicate and interact with the world around them continues to be one of the most awe inspiring experiences I have ever had the privilege of witnessing. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I have had the honor of accompanying numerous families on this journey, developing deep emotional connections through communication.
Collaborating with caregivers and families to create customized learning plans within the family’s daily activities allows us to use each child’s strengths and interests to augment and accelerate speech and language learning by embedding functional skills into daily routines. These routines allow for natural repetition of skills providing numerous opportunities for learning to occur.
Communication effects every area of development. Teaching children through play and routines allows us to see how communication skills are effecting functional life skills in many different contexts. Using a transdisciplinary approach, by incorporating information and knowledge from other, related disciplines, is key when looking at overall growth and success.